If you have a center channel, and can play multi channel SACD's go for the SACD hybrid.
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This isn't going to be very helpful for you, but the absolute best CD copy of this album I've heard was a recording of the original mono LP a friend of mine made. This smokes the old Sony Gold CD from the 1990's (which is good, as well). You can hear some slight ticks on it now and then, but it is absolutely gorgeous--full and with nice presence.
Get the Columbia/Legacy 1997 or later reissue. A tape speed error is corrected on the '97 reissue for the first time. Even the original vinyl had one side at the wrong speed. It also includes the one alternate take from the session, a second take of Flamenco Sketches. That's how you can tell you're getting the corrected version.
Contrarian view. I have both the first digitally remastered CD (much reviled) and one of the last ones (CK64835). I honestly tend to like the first one as well or better. I also have the SACD and 3 LP versions including the two-disk Classic, so I know this thing pretty well. Still looking for the reel-to-reel tape version if anyone out there wants to sell one for less than the current going rate (~ $135). Dave
I have heard all CD and LP versions, including my 47-year-old mono copy, which not surprisingly is the best. The 2-LP Classic is excellent. On CD, Tomcy 6 has it right: the stock Sony Legacy is the one, particularly in view of its affordable price. I must respectfully disagree with Hifimaniac and Dopogue: the SBM is lifeless and the original CD remaster deserves its poor reputation.
Birdies, I agree that the SBM is lifeless, but have you listened to the original CD remaster lately? I first heard it when Pierre Sprey (Mapleshade) and Ron Baumann (inSound/Omega Mikro) brought it to my place a couple years ago with one of their restored Scott amps. I thought they were crazy until we played it. Took me a while to find one, but I'm glad I did.